Making a few changes in your home can help you save a lot of money. Not only will you be helping the environment by making smarter choices, you will also significantly improve your home. Here are five steps you can take towards a better home:

  1. Change your light bulbs
    Even though it feels like a small change, it has a big impact. Changing your light bulbs from Incandescent to Compact Fluorescent Lamps will ultimately save you money as they can last for years as opposed to a few months. Old, incandescent bulbs emit heat which can make your rooms warmer. This can significantly increase your bills in the summer when air conditioners are running for longer. Make this small change and pay attention to the difference that it makes in the long run.
  2. Change your habits
    Here are a few ways to change our habits to be more energy-efficient:
    – Wear a sweater in the winter or double up in a blanket instead of turning up the heat
    – Turn off the lights when rooms are not in use
    – Turn off and unplug any electronics not in use, ex. don’t leave the tv on when you sleep
    – Avoid buying electronic house décor that requires use of an outlet or batteries
    – Fix any leaks or problems with plumbing
  3. Windows
    When you plan on doing any home improvement, try to change any single-pane windows to double-panes. Single-pane windows allow outside air to flow in. This leads to an increase In use of the heater or the A/C depending on the weather. Seal any gaps or cracks around the windows. Also, consider getting sun-blocking curtains or blinds. They help keep the sunlight out to keep rooms cooler on hot summer days.
  4. Insulation
    Installing insulation within your home’s framing can significantly help regulate the temperature of your home. For example, in the summertime, the cool air from the air conditioner will stay contained in the insulated room for a longer period of time compared to a room with no insulation.
  5. Home Appliances
    Old home appliances tend to be called energy vampires because they tend to use more energy than newer ones. Using energy-efficient appliances with the energy star approval can save you up to 10% on energy costs annually. Refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, air conditioners, etc. can all be replaced to be more energy-efficient.

There are always ways to make yourself, your home, and your environment better. Make the choice to make better choices and you will be much happier for it. If you want more information, please contact us at or call 212-392-5544. We provide free consultations for your home-improvement projects that you may be planning. We look forward to working with you!

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